Our annual Rainbow Service was on the afternoon of Sunday 14th December.
During the service we invited those attending to tie a coloured ribbon to a branch of a tree in memory of someone who had died and whom they wished to remember. What had started out as bare branches soon became a riot of colour as more and more ribbons were added, each one remembering someone special.
The Rainbow Tree will remain in church, with another at the Forge Centre in Balloch, through the winter months and you are welcome to add ribbons to it any Sunday before or after our worship services.
On Easter Day 2015 the ribbons will be removed, ironed and used to make something beautiful for the sanctuary or for other people who have been bereaved.
Our annual service of memorial and remembrance is this Sunday 14th December at 3.00pm in the Parish Church, Cumbernauld Village. This service is especially for people who have been bereaved – recently or long ago – and who find the ‘jolly’ side of Christmas painful and wish to remember loved ones quietly.
The service will last about 45 minutes and there will be tea and coffee afterwards. Please note that the service is not suitable for very young children (under three) but there will be a crèche and helpers available to look after the children during the service.
The Rainbow Tree will remain in church after the service, with another at the Forge in Balloch, and you are welcome to add ribbons to it any Sunday during the winter months.
Each December at Cumbernauld Old, we hold our Rainbow Service – a service of remembrance and reflection for those who have been bereaved.
During this service we invite people to come forward and take two coloured ribbons for each person they wish to remember; one to tie on the Rainbow Tree and one to take away with them and keep, or use in a way that helps them remember.
There are two Rainbow Trees, one which will go into the Parish Church once it has re-opened for worship and one which is on display at our worship services in the Forge Community Centre at Balloch.
Both trees will remain until Easter 2014 and we invite anyone visiting our church or attending our services to tie a ribbon in memory of a loved one. At Easter the ribbons are removed from the tree and used to enhance our worship – no ribbon is ever discarded or reused.
The pictures show the Rainbow Trees from our service on 15 December 2103.